101 Gary Hall

Dr. Donna Gower, Director

The USAO Child Development Center recognizes the importance of the early years for growth and learning in children. The major purpose of the Center is to provide a training laboratory for USAO students in Child Development, Child Psychology, and Early Childhood Education.                

USAO students study human relationships and have opportunities for
observation and participation in child development and guidance, curriculum
and program planning, and methods of teaching in pre-kindergarten. Students
from other disciplines, such as, physical education, psychology, speech
and hearing therapy and elementary education also use the laboratory for
observation and special projects.

The Child Development Center curriculum is designed to meet individual
needs at the developmental level of participating children. The curriculum focuses on
the achievement of the following goals: enhancement of self-concept, language
development, sensory acuity, motor development, concept formation, and
living skills. Because young children have an insatiable curiosity and
an urge to explore, discover, and experiment, they are provided an enriched
environment where they can make choices.

The Child Development Center program and student laboratory experiences fit
well together and are designed to complement one another. Together they
provide additional realism and reinforcement for learning. One without
the other is inadequate.

The laboratory experience is also a state requirement for teacher certification
in Early Childhood Education. The USAO Child Development Center is open
from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. The enrollment is
limited to 16 three-and four-year-old children. The current fee structure
can be obtained by calling (405) 574-1230.


A Goal-Directed Program

The USAO Child Development Center offers the children varied opportunities
to learn in all areas: physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.
The curriculum and the environment are the results of careful planning
based on the knowledge of child growth and development. At the USAO Child
Development Center you will see:

  • Preschool games to play.
  • Materials with which to create.
  • Ideas and things to talk about, relate to, compare with, match, fit into,
    try out, reinforce, invent, discover, and enjoy.

All the time the children are being continuously challenged by specific
learning goals set for them.

In order to begin to read and perform other academic tasks, children
must first gather meaning from the world and develop an awareness of concepts.

In order to gather meaning from the world, children must have many satisfying
sensory and sensory motor experiences -- they must touch, feel, smell,
hear, and see. Perceptual development follows. This is how children interpret
their sensory experiences which are prerequisites for developing their

The program is geared toward helping children develop habits of
observation, questioning, and listening. It gives them an awareness of
their own feelings and of their right to express those feelings by sometimes
channeling them into other means of expression. They learn they are free
to make choices, and that as long as they stay within the limits of consideration
for people and things, they do not always have to conform. Our program
prepares children to utilize their intellectual and creative abilities
in future learning tasks.



We want our parents to know, to understand, and to discuss with us our goals.

We want our parents to look often into our busy, happy, sometimes noisy, creative
classroom and see their child at play.

We want our parents to realize the validity of that play and the importance of what
is being learned.

Parents and teachers together can help their child develop his or her full human



A large observation booth, equipped with a one-way vision mirror, may be
entered from the playground near the patio area of Gary Hall. Parents
and college students are invited to observe from this booth. Arrangements
can be made for university and other school groups to observe. Observers
are asked to refrain from conversation while in the booth -- this interferes
with the work of the college students. Observers are also advised that
discussion of children in the program, other than your own, will not be



The Child Development Center serves a mid-morning snack, usually juice and
crackers. Parents are welcome to send other snacks to be shared by their
child's class. Suggested snacks are apple wedges, orange sections, raisins,
celery or carrot sticks or Jell-O.



The staff consists of a director, an Associate Professor in Early
Childhood Education, candidate teachers, student aids, and a custodian.



Children living in or near Chickasha are eligible to enroll.



The USAO Child Development Center does not permit children to visit who are
not enrolled in the program.



Application forms can be obtained from the USAO Child Development Center, Gary Hall,
Room 101A, Telephone 405-574-1230 or the Education Office, Gary Hall, Room
106, Telephone 405-574-1328. Requests for application made verbally to
staff members cannot be honored. After notification of acceptance in the
Child Development Center a non-refundable processing fee of $25.00 must be paid
in the Business Office at USAO.



Since many more applications are received than the capacity enrollment, the
following procedures are used for selecting children:

  • Children who meet current study or research interests or other needs receive
    priority for enrollment.
  • Generally, as vacancies occur, the child whose name appears next on the eligible
    list is accepted, provided that:
    1. The child's membership in the group is best for the desired mix of the
      age, sex, maturity level, ethnic, and socioeconomic level.
    2. Parents agree to full participation in the program.
    3. Parents agree to provide medical coverage for their child.
  • Names of children who are not accepted are left on the waiting list for a
    period of one year, at which time a letter of inquiry will be sent,
    asking if parents are still interested in the program. If unanswered,
    the application will be discarded.
  • Applications will be accepted during the school year prior to the child's age of
    admission (March 1 - April 30). The child must be at least 2 years of
    age before making application.
  • University faculty members and university students must make application in the
    same manner as other applicants.



  • If the parents do not wish to accept enrollment in the Child Development
    Center when it is offered, the child's name is removed from the waiting
  • If the child is withdrawn from the waiting list for reasons parents cannot
    control (illness, move from the Chickasha area, etc.) the name will
    be reconsidered at the request of the parent in review of existing possibilities
    for enrollment.
  • It will be necessary for the parents to submit a new application to re-enroll
    a child who has been removed from the Child Development Center.



The first trimester fee for the Child Development Center is due and payable
in one amount by September 15. Second trimester fee will be due and payable
by January 15. Notification will be sent to the parents in August and
December.  Fees for the Child Development Center are $500.00 each
trimester per child. Children will not be allowed to attend if the fees are not paid
within two weeks after the fees are due. Fees are to be charged per child/per
family. Fees are paid in the USAO Business Office, Troutt Hall. Checks
cannot be accepted by the Director.

Refunds are in accordance with the following policy:
A portion of the trimester fee will be refunded if an enrollment is
terminated because of illness or other acceptable reasons. The amount
refunded will be calculated by the Director and submitted in writing to
the Business Office for the refund payment.

If the child is withdrawn after midterm, there will be no refund since
it is too late for another child to enter the program. The parents will
notify the director of a withdrawal. This will be done in writing in a
letter to the director.



Conferences are held during the year to discuss development and progress of the child.
They may be initiated by either parent or teacher. Excellent contributions
to the program are made by parents each year.



Before a child is accepted for first admission, the Child Development Center
requires the child to have a certificate of birth and a certificate of
a physical examination. This information will include:

  • A report on the physical examination.
  • Date of inoculation, and a yearly update, against DTP, mumps, rubella, polio
    and measles.
  • Records of the communicable diseases of the child.




Children with signs of oncoming illness of any kind will not be allowed into the
Child Development Center. The parent is requested to refrain from bringing
the child should he/she show any of the following symptoms: elevated temperature,
vomiting, diarrhea, heavy nasal discharge, red throat, reddened eyes,
excessive sneezing, coughing, listlessness, sudden loss of appetite, or
undue irritability. The child should remain at home approximately 24 hours
after vomiting or an elevated temperature.


The Teacher will be alerted should any of the above signs appear while the
child is in the Center. Should any of these symptoms be noted, the child
will be isolated from the others and the parents notified at once so they
may come for the child. In the event that the parent cannot be contacted,
the teacher will notify the individual designated to be contacted in case
of an emergency.



In the event the child develops a contagious disease, or is exposed at home,
it is important for the parent to notify the teacher immediately of the
physician's official diagnosis. If a child has been exposed to a communicable
disease at the Center, the parents will be notified by the teacher.

Following an absence for a major contagious disease or hospitalization, a doctor's
statement may be required before a child is re-admitted.

In the case of common colds, no doctor's certificate will be necessary for
re-admittance to school. It will be the function of the parent and the
teacher to determine when a child is ready to return to school. In case
there is a question about the teacher's decision, it will be the parent's
privilege to secure a doctor's certification which will be honored.



When a child has been diagnosed as having allergies, a written statement to
that effect must be on file. Whenever possible, this statement should
include whether or not skin tests have been made, and to what the child
is allergic.



Simple injuries will be cared for by the teacher. In the event that a serious
injury is involved, the parents will be notified at once, and if necessary,
the physician designated by the parent as first or second choice will
be called. It is imperative that this information be supplied to the Center
as well as information as to whom may be called in an emergency, in the
event that the parent cannot be reached. Treatment cannot be given to
your child in the hospital without parental consent -- the Child Development
Center cannot provide this permission. No medication will be administered
to children at the Center.